The Fast & Furious franchise has been on the road for quite awhile (pun). The franchise began in Los Angeles, before subsequent sequels moved the adventures of Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) and their gang to the roads of Miami, Tokyo, Mexico (after stops in LA and DR), Brazil and Europe, respectively.
Along the way, the franchise has evolved from street racer sub-culture expose (with dashes of crime-drama action) to a full-on crime-drama action franchise (with dashes of street racer sub-culture). This transition remains a divisive issue for the fanbase, with some fans of the earlier films loudly condemning a perceived “loss of roots” in more recent films.
Well, fans on both sides of the Fast & Furious division can maybe appreciate this latest bit of news: Vin Diesel is claiming that Fast & Furious 7 (currently in production) will be bringing things back around to LA. As reported by Variety, the following quote came from Diesel during an after party for Fast & Furious 6‘s premiere:
“I told the Universal people there was no way we were not having a Los Angeles premiere,” Diesel said. “One other thing: For ‘Fast and Furious 7,’ we are bringing it back to Los Angeles!”
[WARNING - At this point we will be discussing SPOILERS for Fast & Furious 6. Skip down to the COMMENTS if you don't want to read anything revealing.]
From what we know of Fast & Furious 6‘s ending, the gang get their pardons from the law and settle back home in the old Log Angeles house seen in the first film. Little do they know that Ian Shaw (Jason Statham), the brother of man they just vanquished, is on the warpath looking for revenge. From that little “button scene” at the end of part 6, it’s not hard to guess that part 7 starts with Dom and Co. in the sights of their unseen enemy – and that LA will get turned into a vehicular warzone as a result.
While that premise is certainly still on the action crime-drama side of the line, the LA setting (the initial inspiration for the part 1′s sub-culture backdrop) could still allow for more odes to racer-culture (and actual race sequences) than we’ve seen in more recent installments.
If Vin Diesel is speaking true (and there’s a pretty good chance he is) are you happy to see Fast & Furious come home to the city of angels?
Fast & Furious 6 will be in theaters on May 24th. Check back for our review.